San Francisco in July

This blog is a constant reminder to myself about how often I travel. Although I am not always on an airplane, it seems there are trips to be taken all the time. No complaints! I just realized as I sat down to type this, that it's another travel post. Here we go!

Cat and I spent a week in San Francisco recently. She has to fly up there once a month now for work. Since my schedule was flexible this month, Lola and I decided to tag along. We drove the 6 hours and planted ourselves in an adorable Air BnB in the mission district. People claim they can take this drive in 5 hours or less, but in all the years I've driven it I have yet to make it under 6. Must be that In And Out burger stop that is a must. and planted ourselves in an adorable Air BnB in the mission district. Knowing San Francisco weather rather well (since I had spent the last 9 years as a resident), I thought I would take advantage of it's lack of warmth and pack a lot of long sleeves. Much to my surprise, the weather ended up being absolutely insanely gorgeous and only a couple times did I utter "Oh my god it's so cold!!" Climate change? Perhaps just good luck. Either way, it was so nice to sit on the deck of our air bnb and read, snack and sun ourselves. I was actually a little sad that I didn't get to put on a sweatshirt.

Ready for a photo overload? 

After a long car ride, I like to sit back down in the sunshine in my favorite t-shirt that I wear in the majority of my photos. I promise you I own more than this. 

After a long car ride, I like to sit back down in the sunshine in my favorite t-shirt that I wear in the majority of my photos. I promise you I own more than this. 

One of the things I miss most about living in SF is having an amazing market within walking distance from my house. We couldn't wait to drive to Bi-Rite and load up on goodies 

One of the things I miss most about living in SF is having an amazing market within walking distance from my house. We couldn't wait to drive to Bi-Rite and load up on goodies 

WE used to be able to just walk to this from our apartment

WE used to be able to just walk to this from our apartment

Don't forget the bread....

Don't forget the bread....

or the cheese. 

or the cheese. 

We took a quick drive to the beach so Lola could run around and we could get a glimpse of the bridge. 

We took a quick drive to the beach so Lola could run around and we could get a glimpse of the bridge. 

One of my colder moments

One of my colder moments

We had to hit up our old coffee shop The Mill for some delicious coffee and toast

We had to hit up our old coffee shop The Mill for some delicious coffee and toast

Michael and Verne came over for brunch time snacks

Michael and Verne came over for brunch time snacks

We had a nice little spread, complete with my favorite guacamole in the universe that Michael makes. 

We had a nice little spread, complete with my favorite guacamole in the universe that Michael makes. 

Friend family photo time. 

Friend family photo time. 

We tried to see as many friends as we could. I haven't been this social in what feels like a year!

I got to see my good friend Amanda and her little girl Cleo. Unfortunately, Amanda and I didn't get a picture together. *Sigh* We are leaving Tartine bakery here, as you might be able to tell by the fancy chocolate pudding on Cleo's face. 

I got to see my good friend Amanda and her little girl Cleo. Unfortunately, Amanda and I didn't get a picture together. *Sigh* We are leaving Tartine bakery here, as you might be able to tell by the fancy chocolate pudding on Cleo's face. 

Hannah and Natalie came over too! Natalie is our friend who watched Lola the entire time we were in Hawaii. Can you tell she's a little attached? We ordered burritos, talked about how the Pixar short "Lava" that plays before "Inside Out" made us cry many many tears, and then sat in a hot tub and basically melted. This is our post hot tub friend family photo.

Hannah and Natalie came over too! Natalie is our friend who watched Lola the entire time we were in Hawaii. Can you tell she's a little attached? We ordered burritos, talked about how the Pixar short "Lava" that plays before "Inside Out" made us cry many many tears, and then sat in a hot tub and basically melted. This is our post hot tub friend family photo.

Looking down to Noe Valley

Looking down to Noe Valley

This was also a rather chilly moment as the wind was whipping. In between Noe Valley and The Castro

This was also a rather chilly moment as the wind was whipping. In between Noe Valley and The Castro

We attended Night Life at the Academy of Sciences. This is one of my favorite parts to walk through. 

We attended Night Life at the Academy of Sciences. This is one of my favorite parts to walk through. 

I enjoy staring at fish for long periods of time. 

I enjoy staring at fish for long periods of time. 

More fish staring

More fish staring

Casually standing in front of Dinosaur bones with Michael, Verne, Millie and Jared. 

Casually standing in front of Dinosaur bones with Michael, Verne, Millie and Jared. 

My girls looking cute

My girls looking cute

Guess who's been married one whole stinking year already? These two! It was so nice to spend our anniversary surrounded by friends and in the city that we tied the knot in. We had a nice dinner too, complete with a server we both dubbed a jerk. What a crazy interesting year. I can't wait to see what this next year brings! You can read about our wedding adventure HERE

Guess who's been married one whole stinking year already? These two! It was so nice to spend our anniversary surrounded by friends and in the city that we tied the knot in. We had a nice dinner too, complete with a server we both dubbed a jerk. What a crazy interesting year. I can't wait to see what this next year brings! You can read about our wedding adventure HERE

Self timer, what do I do with my hands? Oh, I'll just touch everyone's knee but my own. 

Self timer, what do I do with my hands? Oh, I'll just touch everyone's knee but my own. 

Little August turned 2!!!!

Little August turned 2!!!!

Helen and Cat at the party. These two have the best collection of sunglasses that I've ever seen. 

Helen and Cat at the party. These two have the best collection of sunglasses that I've ever seen. 

The Night sky

The Night sky

Until next time. Thanks for a great visit San Francisco!

I leave you with our entire ride home...... 

I leave you with our entire ride home...... 



Milwaukee

I recently took a quick (and I mean quick) trip to Milwaukee to celebrate my brother Jordon (please don't spell it with an "A")  tying the knot with my now sister-in-law Jaime. I was excited for a number of reasons. The main one being that all 6 of us siblings have not been in the same room together for 4 years. I love having a big family, except for the issue that we are all so spread out that the chances of seeing everyone at the same time are slim, like once every 4 years slim. 

I was also excited to see Milwaukee as I had only been a couple of times in all my years of midwest living. One of those happened to be attending Lilith Fair there in the 90's. I have been on a 90's nostalgia kick lately, don't even get me started! I will tell you all right here and now that I did shed a tear when Sarah McLachlan hit the stage back then.., that voice! But this post isn't about my hemp necklace, short hair, wish I could turn into Drew Barrymore phase of life. Although it would be amazing to feel towards music the way I did back then. (Another post another time). 

It was rainy and foggy most of the trip, but I honestly didn't mind. The city looked beautiful capped with fog. 

Fiat in the fog

Fiat in the fog

Oscar Meyer at the farmers market

Oscar Meyer at the farmers market

When in Wisconsin, it's important to eat cheese curds. My sister got some garlic and dill ones, and they were pretty yummy. 

When in Wisconsin, it's important to eat cheese curds. My sister got some garlic and dill ones, and they were pretty yummy. 

The newlyweds

The newlyweds

squeezing in for a selfie with my mom and sister

squeezing in for a selfie with my mom and sister

Many hours were spent playing this game. My arm was sore for a couple of days afterwards... which probably is a telling sign that I need to do pushups. 

Many hours were spent playing this game. My arm was sore for a couple of days afterwards... which probably is a telling sign that I need to do pushups. 

My oldest brother brought strawberries from his garden. They were hands down the BEST I've ever tasted. I'm not just being biased because he's my brother who happens to grow amazing organic food. 

My oldest brother brought strawberries from his garden. They were hands down the BEST I've ever tasted. I'm not just being biased because he's my brother who happens to grow amazing organic food. 

I can't believe my Mom gave birth to all of us! The older I get the more amazed I am by this. Standing in order of birth with my sister being the youngest of the bunch. I like to point out that I am 5'11" just to put all of my brothers height into perspective. Hopefully we wont have to wait another 4 years for a family photo.

I can't believe my Mom gave birth to all of us! The older I get the more amazed I am by this. Standing in order of birth with my sister being the youngest of the bunch. I like to point out that I am 5'11" just to put all of my brothers height into perspective. Hopefully we wont have to wait another 4 years for a family photo.

Last photo of the night, had to make it a doozy. This still isn't everyone most of our significant others and our littlest niece and nephew couldn't make the trip. One of these days we will all be together!!!! The big family chronicles will continue....

Last photo of the night, had to make it a doozy. This still isn't everyone most of our significant others and our littlest niece and nephew couldn't make the trip. One of these days we will all be together!!!! The big family chronicles will continue....

We all slept at Jordon and Jaime's house. What troopers to host all of us! We had some air mattress issues (I may have woken up in the middle of the night with no air in said mattress. Then that same mattress may or may not have been passed on to my older brother when he arrived as if it suddenly did not have a leak.) We helped my mom with her ipad issues, including deleting and reinstalling her facebook app...which was a very very dramatic event as she was certain her FB was going to be gone. We went to a polish festival and watched people Polka dance and shared a bunch of food. We went to a farmers market, played backyard games, and made little movies. I'm so happy those who could make it were able to come and celebrate Jordon and Jaime's marriage and make some memories. 

I leave you with this :)

No time to get comfortable

And just like that, we are living in Los Angeles. 

We flew to San Francisco from Hawaii and barely had a moment to breathe and settle back in before another big change occurred. Cat didn't even unpack her suitcase before she was suddenly in L.A. starting a new job. She was also trying to find us a place to live (all without a car!). I stayed in SF and attempted to pack up our apartment and finish work. I've moved a lot in my life (maybe 20 times) and the act of packing up your world does not get easier. If anything, the older I get the harder it gets.  We were home (San Francisco) less than a month before the moving truck came and we drove our little family to our new home in L.A.  If we ever needed a test to see how well we can work as a team, I think that after this year Cat and I would pass with an A+

 

This was our final day on our street in SF. Grabbing a quick coffee before the movers. 

This was our final day on our street in SF. Grabbing a quick coffee before the movers. 

We drove to Joshua Tree to celebrate my birthday. We also made a rookie mistake and left L.A. at 1pm to attempt the 2 hour drive. Needless to say, it took us 5 hours to get there due to traffic. I'm jumping because I'm happy to be out of the car, and happy to be in such a beautiful place for my birthday!

We drove to Joshua Tree to celebrate my birthday. We also made a rookie mistake and left L.A. at 1pm to attempt the 2 hour drive. Needless to say, it took us 5 hours to get there due to traffic. I'm jumping because I'm happy to be out of the car, and happy to be in such a beautiful place for my birthday!

Michael flew in for the occasion (what a sweetie) and got us all matching sunglasses so we could take a photo together. Obviously! We spent many hours exploring Joshua Tree and coming really close to having many injuries due to jumping around like ninjas and almost landing on cactus. Also, my foot sunk into a hole and I saw my life pass before my eye (I was wearing sandals..another rookie mistake... )and was sure some snake or desert creature was going to attack my toes

Michael flew in for the occasion (what a sweetie) and got us all matching sunglasses so we could take a photo together. Obviously! We spent many hours exploring Joshua Tree and coming really close to having many injuries due to jumping around like ninjas and almost landing on cactus. Also, my foot sunk into a hole and I saw my life pass before my eye (I was wearing sandals..another rookie mistake... )and was sure some snake or desert creature was going to attack my toes

Cactus Garden. Kind of the most beautiful yet scary things I've ever walked through

Cactus Garden. Kind of the most beautiful yet scary things I've ever walked through

Eating tangerines by the pool. We had a Palm Springs trip planned with our friends Helen, Greg and baby August before we knew we were moving to L.A. This weekend was much needed. This house was amazing. I was pretending I was part of the Rat Pack

Eating tangerines by the pool. We had a Palm Springs trip planned with our friends Helen, Greg and baby August before we knew we were moving to L.A. This weekend was much needed. This house was amazing. I was pretending I was part of the Rat Pack


Most of my time was spent in the pool trying to get a little of that Hawaii glow back. (I'm back to pale)

Most of my time was spent in the pool trying to get a little of that Hawaii glow back. (I'm back to pale)

These guys came to see us when we were in Hawaii, and we were so thrilled to see them again! I'll tell you what, with the stress of moving and starting new jobs and just hitting some bumps along the road... Good friends are just what the doctor ordered. We love and appreciate the pick me up seeing this family did for us. 

These guys came to see us when we were in Hawaii, and we were so thrilled to see them again! I'll tell you what, with the stress of moving and starting new jobs and just hitting some bumps along the road... Good friends are just what the doctor ordered. We love and appreciate the pick me up seeing this family did for us. 

We drove to the ocean, finally. 

We drove to the ocean, finally. 

They say moving is one of the most stressful situations you can go through. Changing cities is almost like changing worlds. Everything is new, and this is both exciting and a bit overwhelming. Thank goodness for friends, thank goodness for our sense of humor, and thank goodness for Cat! 

Hawaii feels like ages ago, San Francisco feels like years ago, and Los Angeles feels like a friend we're just getting to know. What I'm trying to say is that the only thing that has felt like Home this past year has been Cat and Lola. Our little family has been a traveling circus!!